Meet our Directors


The amazing people who help make Work of Your Hand possible:

Karen BrownKaren Brown 

Karen was born and raised in Winnipeg where she studied Psychology and Religion at the University of Manitoba. She married Trevor in 1997 and they have three children: Matthew, Miriam and Andrew. Karen and her family have lived in four western Canadian provinces as well as in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and they currently reside in southern California. Karen committed her life to the Lord at the age of 12 and became very active in the church at the age of 14. She has been involved in worship music for many years and has also served in children’s ministry. Karen’s heart is with the poor, the marginalized, and the forgotten. Two of her mission trips have been to Cambodia where she fell in love with the Cambodian people and the mission of Work of Your Hand. Karen’s deepest desire is to see all come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord, and is honored to support Work of Your Hand and share this vision.


Helen FrancisHelen Francis 

Helen is a wife, mother and grandmother who ardently supports efforts that build “community” through her involvement in neighborhood, work and non-government organizations. For decades, she has used her business, marketing and communications skills to launch events and causes that facilitate community development and inspire hope. She has had the privilege of contributing to a range of community development endeavors including legacy/memorial endowments and short- and long-term mission programs. Helen and her husband Tim have served in a variety of ministry leadership roles throughout their faith journey and actively engage those around them to pursue “relatedness.” Helen and Tim currently reside in Calgary, AB with their growing family


Susan HawleySusan Hawley 

Susan and her husband of 25 years, Terry, have two wonderful young adult children.  Susan is from Ontario, but migrated west, and has been in Calgary, attending Foothills Alliance Church since 1996.  Within the church, she has enjoyed many volunteer opportunities, particularly within child and youth ministries and music.  She has a passion for prayer and missions and loves to serve others both in Calgary and abroad.  Professionally, Susan is a Public Health Nurse.  Her time is also filled with a range of interests, such as quilting, baking, reading, music and travel.


Carol LoveCarolLove2

Carol and her husband Don have four children, Andrew, Jonathan, Joel and Emily, and have served as International Workers in Japan with C&MA (Christian and Missionary Alliance) Canada since 1991. Together with assisting in church planting and discipleship ministries in various parts of Tokyo, Carol has provided financial management services at both local and regional (Asia) levels for the C&MA, as well as for other mission groups in Japan and several other non-profit organizations. Carol and Don met and worked alongside Minako and Darren (WYH founders) when they (Polischuks) came to Japan from 2004 to 2008.


Randy PoonRandy Poon

Randy is married to Kathy and they have three adult children, Chris, Elisa, and Jared. He spent 19 years in Ottawa where he worked for the federal government. While in Ottawa, he and his wife had the opportunity to serve on the leadership teams of a number of church plants. He also pastored a C&MA church in Ottawa for two years. In 2011, Randy and his family made the move back home to Calgary (his hometown) where he now works as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Business Program at Ambrose University.



Ute StausUte Staus

Ute and her husband Don have three wonderful children, Kaela, Connor, & Monika. Ute considers motherhood her most treasured and cherished callings. She became a Christian as a young adult and is thankful to God for delivering her from a traumatic childhood and putting her on a journey of faith, hope, and love. In 2010, after visiting Cambodia, her passion to help the poor & marginalized intensified. Ute then joined Work of Your Hand and is thrilled at the opportunity to serve with them.